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Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club

Chihuly chandelier in the ball room

At a Glance

    Pros

  • charming property
  • friendly service
  • close to downtown museums

    Cons

  • pricey
  • small rooms

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Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club Review

Built in 1925, (making it roughly the same vintage as the Don CeSar), the Vinoy is a luxury resort in St. Petersburg's gorgeous Old Northeast.Thoughtful renovations keep its yesteryear glamour and spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Those on the bay side have better views of Tampa Bay, though for a higher price tag, of course. The beaches are about 20 to 25 minutes away, but the Vinoy is within walking distance to key attractions like the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dalí Museum, and the vibrant shops and restaurants along Beach Drive. Other offerings include access to a Ron Garl–designed golf course with a stunning clubhouse, an expansive marina, and pool attendants who deliver drinks. Restaurants include swanky Marchand's, mellow Alfresco's, and exclusive Fred's.

    Hotel Details

  • 346 rooms, 15 suites
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 04-24-2014

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    This is one to avoid: From check in to check out, The Renaissance Vinoy Resort in Saint Petersburg, Florida is awful.

    April 26, 2007 Looking for a wedding place? This is one to avoid: From check in to check out, The Renaissance Vinoy Resort in Saint Petersburg, Florida is awful. This resort exemplifies the term, beauty is only skin deep. We had my daughters wedding there this April. The cocktail hour, the seafood buffet, and the passed hors doeuvres were non-existent (not enough groceries). The seafood buffet was supposed to be for a party of 100, but all we got to see was melting ice. The passed hors doeuvres were far and few between. The sit down dinner resembled bad airline food, the Filet Mignon and piece of Grouper were the size of a spoon. The premium brand liquor that we paid for was not premium, the only recognizable brand was Smirnoff, which hasnt been premium in 100 years. The scotches, and gins were names never heard of. The next morning we held a continental breakfast at a cost of $25 per head. The continental breakfast was less than what you would expect to get free at any self-respecting Hampton Inn. Looking for a place to hold a wedding? This is not the place! You do not want the Vinoy, who are supposed to be wedding professionals, to handle such a special and memorable occasion. My wife and I were totally embarrassed by the food quality and quantity, lack of liquor selection, and service. The Renaissance Vinoy Resort touts itself as The Legendary Renaissance Vinoy, but when it comes down to it, its just another Marriott.

    by mark46, 4/26/07
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    We were really looking forward to our stay at a supposedly upscale hotel. The room was so bad that within minutes of arriving we changed rooms. Who wants to pay top price to stare out the extra large windows at the very huge air conditioning unit. Guest services answer, charge $30.00 more dollars a night to move us. We choke on this and decide to address the issue with a manager when available. Alas, the room is so dusty and the night stand was filthy. The hotel's response: Sorry about that, but no fixing or offer to re clean. We ordered a refrigerator for an additional price and put our lunch leftovers...it didn't work....our leftovers had to be thrown away. The dust in the room was so bad that both of us were forced to use allergy medication. I have never written a negative review before, but this was such a dismal disappointment. Please check things out before you pay their prices.

    by andy44, 9/13/12

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